Eger, Akiva

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Eger, Akiva Gender: M
born on 29 October 1761
Place Eisentadt, Austria, 47n51, 16e32
Timezone LMT m16e32 (is local mean time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Starkman
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Akiva Eger


Talmudic scholar, influential halakhic decisor and foremost leader of European Jewry during the early 19th century. He was also a mohel.

He was a child prodigy and was educated first at the Mattersdorf yeshiva and later by his uncle. Out of respect for his uncle he changed his surname to Eger.

He was the rabbi of Märkisch Friedland, West Prussia, from 1791 until 1815; then for the last twenty two years of his life, he was the rabbi of the city of Posen (Poznań). He was a rigorous casuist of the old school, and his chief works were legal notes and responsa on the Talmud and the Shulkhan Arukh. He believed that religious education was enough, and thus opposed the party which favored secular schools. He was a determined foe of the Reform movement, which began to make itself felt in his time.

He died 12 October 1837.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Date from the biography by Shaul Blum (written in 1938 and therefore he had access to the original documents before WW2). The date in English Wikipedia is incorrect. The Hebrew Wikipedia has the date of his circumcision on 9 Cheshvan (6 November 1761) from the original document. As he was circumcised 9 days after birth and not 8 days according to the strict commandment, there is a high possibility that he was born in twilight, about 40 minutes after the sunset. The Jewish day is always beginning about 40 min. after sunset.

Starkman rectified to 17.23.48 LMT.


  • Traits : Mind : Child prodigy
  • Vocation : Religion : Spiritual Leader/ Guru
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure